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Britain remembers brave Indians

world Updated: Nov 11, 2008 23:14 IST
Vijay Dutt

The bravery of Khudadad Khan, one of the first few recipients of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the “face of the enemy” among others, was remembered at the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War on Tuesday.

Britain paused at 11 am to remember and paid tribute to all those including Indian soldiers who died in that war.

Khan who later achieved the rank of subedar, was a 26-year old Sepoy in the 129th Duke of Connaught’s Own Baluchis, British Indian Army, and is among the total of 28 Indian VC winners and was the first to get it.

His story of courage is featured in the Imperial War Museum’s In Memoriam exhibition and was printed in the Times.

He was wounded while manning his machinegun during an attack on German positions at Hollebeke, Belgium, on October 31, 1914. The Press Bureau had issued a an account of his career which said that his 129th and 57th Rifles were the first two regiments of the Indian Corps to come into action. “Their gallantry and steadiness — proved of great value”.